According to the brochure, "There are now approximately 4,500 retail stations throughout the country that offer E85 or other ethanol flex fuel blends, at least 500 more than last year and growing every week."
Consumers can locate E85 stations to fuel their FFVs at E85prices.com, and also view what pricing experiences other users have reported. RFA offers hard copies of the brochure to fuel retailers and member companies at no cost.
View a copy of the brochure HERE
(Source: Renewable Fuel Association, 4 December, 2018) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Ind. Relations,
(202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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The Canada Green Building Council estimated that in the past 14 years it has certified over 3,600 LEED buildings nationwide and registered over 7,600 buildings. (Source: Oxford Properties Group, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Oxford Properties Group, www.oxfordproperties.com; Canada Green Building Council, www.cagbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council GBC,
Determining the value of PSH under these changing grid conditions is a significant challenge that requires new modeling tools and analysis. These studies will provide PSH developers with improved capabilities to estimate the value of a proposed PSH project and compare financial revenue streams under current market structures relative to the economic value of PSH projects to the grid.
The techno-economic studies for the two selected projects will be carried out by a Technical Assistance team comprising subject matter experts from the following DOE national laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The studies will support a larger multi-year research strategy to define the capabilities and estimate the value that hydropower and PSH resources contribute to electric grid resilience and reliability and how those contributions could be optimized for a rapidly evolving grid.
The Technical Assistance team has developed draft guidance -- a step-by-step methodology that can be used by PSH developers, plant owners and operators, and other stakeholders to assess the economic value of existing or planned PSH projects. The methodology will be applied at the two sites below to evaluate and demonstrate the potential economic and financial value of the proposed projects. Through these studies, the team will test and refine the valuation guidance, after which the guidance and valuation tools will be made publicly available for use by the hydropower industry.
GridAmerica Holdings' proposed Goldendale project would be located on the border of Oregon and Washington at the northern terminus of the Pacific AC and DC intertie transmission lines. This project, if constructed, could facilitate the storage and export of the growing amount of wind energy available in the Northwest to nearby states.
Absaroka Energy's proposed Banner Mountain project in central Wyoming along the proposed route of the Energy Gateway West 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which would enable it to serve additional areas in the western and southwestern U.S.. Banner Mountain would be a closed-loop facility that would include three ternary units -- a PSH technology that enables rapid switching between generating and pumping modes -- for a total capacity of 400 MW.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy supports research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen U.S. economic growth, energy security, and environmental quality. (Source: US DOE, Dec., 2018) Contact: EERE Water Power Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/water/articles/notice-opportunity-technical-assistance-techno-economic-studies-pumped-storage; OEERE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy
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The companies behind the project are Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power, US-based SolarReserve and state-owned Central Energy Fund of South Africa, which joined the scheme this summer.
The project has a 20-year PPA with South African utility Eskom. (Source: African Development Bank, Dec., 2018) Contact: African Development Bank, www.afdb.org
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The Manhattan Beach Towers solar project will utilize LG NeON 2 solar modules, Solar Edge inverters and Solar Edge module optimizers.
(Source: Solar Alliance Energy Inc., PR, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Solar Alliance, Jason Bak, CEO, (604) 288-9051, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.solaralliance.com; Omni Group, www.omni.com
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Software AG's Cumulocity IoT is an open, independent, device agnostic platform supporting more than 150 pre-integrated devices and 300-plus industrial protocols. It is fully distributed and available across cloud, on-premises and edge.
(Source: Nordex, PR, Windpower Dev., 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Software AG, Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO, www.softwaread.com; Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, email@example.com, www.nordex-online.com
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To that end, Stanford has contracted with Recurrent Energy for an 88-MW solar photovoltaic plant to be constructed in central California, near Lemoore. The plant is scheduled to go online in late 2021. The new solar plant, to be known as Stanford Solar Generating Station #2, is projected to reduce GHG emissions to 80 pct below peak levels four years ahead of the university's long-range plan.
California enacted legislation earlier this year that requires electricity to be 100 pct carbon-free by 2045. (Source: Stanford University, Dec., 2018)Contact: Stanford University,
E.J. Miranda, University Communications: (650) 724-9161, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stanford.edu;
Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500, www.recurrentenergy.com
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Projects qualifying for funding must include one American and one Israeli company, or a company from one of the countries paired with a university or research institution from the other. Projects must involve energy innovation and be of mutual interest to both countries. Under the program, selected partnerships must contribute at least 50 pct to project costs. BIRD funding is repaid as royalties should the project enjoy commercial success. (Source: BIRD, JPost, 2 Dec., 2018)
Contact: BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485, www.birdf.com
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Heathrow's plan builds on the momentum of technological change within the aviation industry to make travel more sustainable.
The plan outlines action on four key areas including: cleaner aircraft performance and technology; improvements to airspace and ground operations; increased use of sustainable aviation fuels; and developing and promoting new carbon offsetting technologies and options. Additionally, Heathrow is calling on the ICAO -- the UN body for international aviation -- to develop global goals for the uptake of sustainable alternative fuels, and calling for the UK Government to engage ICAO and fellow member states to agree on a 2050 carbon emissions reduction goal for international aviation. (Source: Heathrow Airport, Various Aviation Media, Dec., 2018) Contact: Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye, CEO, +44 0 8443 351801,
www.heathrow.com; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, email@example.com, www.icao.int
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Ikea produces around 10 pct of its product range itself while the rest are sourced from suppliers.
To achieve its new target, the company plans to: increase plant and energy efficiency, shift to a greater reliance on renewable energy,
shift towards more lightweight materials and new glues which could shave off up to 6 pct from its emission levels.
(Source: IKEA, Retail Gazette, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: IKEA, www.ikea.com
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The Challenge winning team will receive £25,000 ($31,000) to support further research and a commitment from British Airways to work together to advance the idea. Nominations will be judged by a panel of industry experts based on the potential carbon reduction, innovation, value to the U.K. economy and feasibility of the idea.
As an early proponent of renewable jet fuels, IAG -- BA's parent company -- has committed to invest as much as $400 million on alternative sustainable fuel development over the next 20 years -- the highest ever financial commitment from an airline group.
(Source: British Airways, Airline Geeks, 3 Dec., 2018)
Contact: British Airways, www.britishairways.com
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The $200 billion across the Group is comprised of approximately $100 billion in direct finance from the World Bank, and approximately $100 billion of combined direct finance from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and private capital mobilized by the World Bank Group.
(Source: World Bank, Various Media, Climate Action, 4 Dec., 2018)Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org
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In brief,the conventional renewable fuel quota, which is met primarily by corn-based ethanol, will be maintained at 19 billion gal in 2019, while required advance biofuel volumes will climb by 630 million gal from 2018 to 19.92 billion gal. The 2019 quota for cellulosic biofuels increased nearly 130 million gal to 418 million gal.
"EPA's failure to properly account for small refinery exemptions will continue to destroy biodiesel demand. EPA recognizes that the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry is producing fuel well above the annual volumes. The industry regularly fills 90 percent of the annual advanced biofuel requirement. Nevertheless, the agency continues to use its maximum waiver authority to set advanced biofuel requirements below attainable levels. The method is inconsistent with the RFS program's purpose, which is to drive growth in production and use of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel." -- National Biodiesel Board, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
"Of the 418 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel called for in the RFS, the vast majority, 388 million gallons, are requested from biogas and that represents a 45 pct increase in production from the 2018 volumes." -- American Biogas Council, Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, (202) 640-6595, www.americanbiogascouncil.org
"When the EPA continues to grant waivers and does not account for those volumes in this rule, domestic demand for our crop is lost, impacting farmers' livelihood and the economy of rural America." -- National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), Lynn Chrisp, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News American Biogas Council, NCGA, , RFS, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, National Biodiesel Board ,
The LEED for Cities program addresses concerns of transparency and information about the places residents live, work, learn and play on a global scale in key areas ranging from transportation and education to energy and water use.
(Source: USGBC, KSNV, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The REMS sustainability team plans on launching an internal change management platform, along with a monthly corporate health and wellness newsletter, as part of the GreenSpace program. (Source: REMS, PR, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Colliers Real Estate Management Services, Phillip Raffi, national energy & sustainability manager, Real Estate Management Services. www2.colliers.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Carbon Emissions,
The 15-year borrowing includes $9.4 million to purchase the streetlights from National Grid, which owns the lights and charges the city for maintenance, various parts of the light as well as usage. Albany is charged separately for cement foundations, poles and cross arms, among other items that are non-energy related.
The city presently spends $4.3 annually for its streetlights, with about 65 pct of those costs specifically for maintenance and operation, while the remaining 35 percent comes from energy usage and delivery. City officials anticipate savings with the purchase and LED switch within the first year.
(Source: City of Albany, Albany Times Unions, 4 Dec., 2018)
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The new facility is slated to be operational in late 2019 and produce 19 million litres of renewable biofuel annually.
Forge Hydrocarbons uses technology developed by University of Alberta bioresource scientist David Bressler. Bressler's technology heats waste lipids such as cooking oil, animal renderings and crop seed oil, with water at a high temperature, creating fatty acids and glycerol. The glycerol is removed and the fatty acids are heated at more than 400 degree C until the oxygen within is released. This turns the acids into hydrocarbons that are separated into various fuels, including gasoline and diesel.
The result is a drop-in biofuel that doesn't need to be blended with petroleum-based fuel and can produce renewable fuel with 90 pct less greenhouse gases than conventional fuel.
(Source: Univ. of Alberta, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: University of Alberta, David Bressler, (780) 492-4986, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Forge Hysdrocarbons Inc., (905) 815-7786, email@example.com, www.forgehc.com; Lockheed Martin, www.lockheedmartin.com
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In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has only 8 years left to limit climate change catastrophe and that drastic cuts in carbon emissions will be needed if the world is to reach the COP15 pledge of keeping temperatures between 1.5C and 2C. Unfortunately, CO2 emissions hit a record high in 2017.
Although Poland has reduced its share of coal in power generation, the country still gets close to 80 pct of its electricity from the fossil fuel. Even so, Poland is planning construction of another major coal-fired power plant that the Environment Ministry promises will be the last.
However, some observers are skeptical since the the country's most recent energy plan would basically see the amount of coal in the energy mix remain unchanged at 80 pct until 2030, when coal reserves are expected to run dry.
Even so, Polish authorities are calling for a "just transition" for fossil fuel industries like coal which are facing closures as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
(Source: REMI rfi, Others, Dec. 3, 2018)
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According to the WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin there has been a 41 pct increase in the warming effect by the various greenhouse gases on the climate, known as "radioactive forcing", since 1990. CO2 specifically accounts for about 82 pct of the increase in radioactive forcing over the past decade, according to figures quoted in the WMO report. The new report adds yet another building block of scientific evidence to inform decision-making at the upcoming UN COP24 climate change conference in Poland. The key objective of this meeting is to adopt an implementation plan for the 2015 Paris Agreement.
In its 2017 Statement on the State of the Global Climate, WMO said
"We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping 50 degrees C in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa. This is part of a long-term warming trend." (Source: World Meteorological Organization, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: WMO, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int
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Orsted's portfolio currently includes 11.9GW of offshore and onshore wind farms and biomass-fired combined heat and power plants that are either in production, under construction or have been given final investment decision (FID). It also has projects with a capacity of 4.7GW awaiting FID.
From 2019-2025, the company expects total gross investments of approximately DKK 200 billion ($30 billion)75-85 pct of which will be in the offshore wind sector.
(Source: Orsted, MarEx,Other, Dec., 2018)
Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com
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The company also developed bankable pre-feasibility studies for energy efficiency projects and for the derived market for energy and environment and elaboration of financing concepts for these projects.
The German company is also planning similar projects in the southwestern Iranian city of Bushehr. (Source: DIW Econ, Tehran Times, 25 Nov., 2018)Contact: DIW Econ, +49 30-20 60 972-0, www.diw-econ.de
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Focus on Energy is an energy efficiency and renewable resource program that offers monetary incentives and energy expertise to residential, business and government customers across Wisconsin.
A spokesperson from the program says Madison Gas & Electric is one of the 107 statewide utilities that fund it. A recent evaluation report found every $1 invested in Focus on Energy programs creates $5.93 in benefits for Wisconsin, including economic benefits, reduced energy costs, and reduced pollution. (Source: Wisc. Focus on Energy, PR, 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: Wisconsin Focus on Energy, (800)762-7077, www.wisconsinisin.com
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Pattern Energy Group Inc notes it purchased 51 pct of the class B interests in the Stillwater facility for $23 million in cash. The acquired interest is equal to a 35-MW owned interest in the facility.
The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) purchased the remaining 49 pct of class B interests. Pattern Energy will operate the wind farm.
(Source: Pattern Energy, 25 Nov., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.patternenergy.com; Public Sector Pension Investment Board, www.investpsp.com/en
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To prepare for this transformation, the European Parliament and the European Council invited the European Commission (EC) to submit a long-term strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the European Union, in accordance with COP15.
The EC strategy confirms Europe's commitment to lead in global climate action through a socially-fair transition and provides a first indication of the direction of travel to frame what the EU could consider as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives.
Presenting this vision will allow for a thorough debate involving European decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens at large to consider how the EU can make a fair contribution to meeting the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and how this transformation can be achieved.
China's pilot CO2 trading schemes cover the cities of Beijing, Tianjan, Shanghai, Chongqing and Shenzhen, and the provinces of Guangdong and Hebei. In 2017, the cities-regional schemes were replaced by a national scheme which has to date made limited progress, according to
the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
(Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, CemNet, Others, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, http://english.mee.gov.cn
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"This carbon tax bill amounts to climate denial, not climate action. Emissions pricing schemes like this one are actually supported by the world's largest oil and gas corporations because they do nothing more than entrench the status quo -- an economy dependent on polluting fossil fuels. This particular bill is potentially even more egregious, as it would reportedly roll back existing environmental regulations on carbon emissions, amounting to a shameful, self-defeating giveaway to the industry.
"As Democrats look to formulate a strategy on climate for a new Congress, it is imperative that they flatly reject carbon pricing schemes that increase costs for consumers while cementing a future of fossil fuel business-as-usual.
"A Green New Deal that includes carbon pricing isn't green at all. The only legitimate path to moving off fossil fuels is to move off fossil fuels -- now."
Food & Water Watch is a non-governmental organization group focused on corporate and government accountability relating to food, water, and corporate overreach. (Source: Food & Water Watch, PR, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Seth Gladstone, (917) 363-6615, email@example.com, www.fwwatch.org
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The USGS study's data are consistent with both rising US production and the increased use of gas to generate electricity, according to the American Petroleum Institute. (Source: US Geological Survey, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: US Geological Survey, 888-275-8747, www.usgs.gov
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As part of the extension, NextEra may resume construction on turbines that have been approved by the FAA.
OSMPC claims the wind farm violates a recent amendment to the Wind Energy Development Act requiring a determination by the federal government that planned wind turbine construction has no military impact, or the company must have an approved mitigation plan from the Defense Department before a wind farm is constructed or expanded.
(Source: OSMPC, Enid News & Eagle, 27 Nov., 2018)
Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com
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Aemetis operates a 60 million gpy ethanol and DDGs animal feed production facility in Keyes, California and operates a 50 million gpy distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin biorefinery on the East Coast of India. The company also maintains a research and development laboratory and holds granted patents on technology related to the production of renewable fuels and renewable chemicals. (Source: RFA, PR, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org;
Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
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St.Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy has spearheaded Smithfirld's efforts in Missouri and is equipping Smithfield's hog waste lagoons with covering systems that capture, clean and ultimately fed methane into a pipeline system that distributes natural gas nationally. Roeslein completed the first of its biogas projects for Smithfield in 2016 near Albany, Mo., and currently converts manure from its farms into enough energy to power 15,400 homes. (Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, St. Louis Post Dispatch, 27 Oct., 2018) Contact: Smithfield Foods, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, email@example.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com
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The new joint venture will leverage Smithfield's relationships with contract hog farmers and the company's "manure-to-energy" anaerobic digestion project experience and expertise. Once collected and processed, the methane will be transported to a central conditioning facility where it will be converted into RNG. (Source: Smithfield Food Co., 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: Align RNG, www.alignrng.com; Smithfield Food,
(757) 365-3000, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Dominion Energy, www.dominionenergy.com
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Peaxy is adapting its asset management application, Peaxy Lifecycle Intelligence (PLI) will enable Eos to speed up its R&D efforts, minimize manufacturing variability, and more accurately predict maintenance needs.
PLI uses machine learning to model battery degradation. (Source: Peaxy Inc., PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: EOS Energy Storage, Philippe Bouchard, SVP of Business Development, ; Peaxy, 408-441-6500, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.peaxy.net
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London-based KiWi Power said on Monday that this latest share-purchase transaction marks the start of the next phase of growth for the UK firm. (Source: Engie, Renewables, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Engie SA, Isabelle Kocher, CEO, www.engie.com; KiWi Power,
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"In the first year of the Trump administration, we've seen a 2.7 pct reduction in CO2 from 2016 to 2017. I'm not aware of a formal process within the administration" (to incorporate it into decision-making) Wheeler said. Wheeler noted "a 14 pct reduction in CO2 emissions in the United States since 2005," a time frame dominated by the 2009-2017 Obama administration which implemented strict environmental policies that influenced the reversals that the Trump administration seeks to take credit for while at the same time seeking to amend, reverse or eliminate.
"I think we really need to take a hard look at where the markets are going, where technology is going, where innovation is going, and what has driven the reduction in CO2, and we need to give credit for that CO2 reduction," Wheeler said.
Wheeler added that although he respects the efforts of career government scientists who worked on the report, he noted that the work was begun under the Obama administration and that the Trump administration did not play a part in the work. "We did not review it. I did not see the National Climate Change Assessment report until it was released," Wheeler proclaimed, the implication being that it was in some way lacking in credibility with the the Trump administration's touch.
Download the National Climate Assessment report HERE. (Source: Office of EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-acting-administrator
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Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports.
But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016. (Source: Various Media, 28 Nov., 2018)
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Kelp, a species of macroalgae, is turned into a biofuel through a process called hydrothermal liquefaction. This involves drying the kelp, then processing the biomass in an extremely hot, pressurized and wet environment for long periods of time to allow the breakdown of the solid chemical structure to produce a biocrude which can be further distilled or processed into a fuel that can be used just like any petroleum-based fuel.
Researchers at Wrigley and partners at Marine BioEnergy Inc. have come up with an innovative open ocean "kelp elevator" to farm the massive amounts of kelp necessary for a commercialized fuel source. The current "kelp elevator" prototype models use PVC pipes in the ocean to grow and cycle kelp from the surface where the light is to the deep water where the nutrients are.
Under optimal conditions, giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera, which is used to generate a biofuel, can grow up to three feet per day without fresh water, fertilizer, pesticides or fertile land. These attributes make kelp a viable potential substitute for traditional fuels, as it can be sustainably farmed, harvested and converted into biofuel.
(Source: USC Wrigley Institute, Daily Trojan, 29 Nov., 2018) Contact: USC Wrigley Institute, Diane Kim, Associate Director , (310) 510-0811, www.usc.edu/wrigley; Marine BioEnergy Inc., www.marinebiomass.com
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The new commercial-scale biorefinery targets annual biodiesel production of over 70 million litres. The company plans to construct and commission nine additional biodiesel plants with total estimated capacity of 730 million lpy by the year 2025.
(Source: API Renewable Energy, PR, 26 Nov., 2018)
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The UKGBC initiative is a global campaign led by the World Green Building Council (WGBC), calling for all new buildings to be net-zero carbon in operation by 2030 and all existing buildings to achieve this standard by 2050. The initiate is expected to released in spring 2019. (Source: UKGBC, pbctoday, 29 Nov., 2018) Contact: UKGBC, Richard Twinn, Senior Policy Advisor, Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, +44 (0) 7580 0623, www.ukgbc.org
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The 28 MWh project was awarded by Korea Midland Power Co Ltd will be installed at nine sites across the country and incorporated with 10 MW of PV systems.
Both projects will use Kokam’s high energy lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (HE NMC) battery technology, according to the release. (Source: Kokam, 27 Nov., 2018)Contact: Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., +82 (0)31 3620 137, www.kokam.com
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The DOE estimates that home energy efficieny measures could cut a family's utility costs by 25 pct or more and that driving fuel-efficient vehicle could save the average driver about $708 per year.
(Source: WalletHub, AllOnGeorgia, 26 Nov., 2018)
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According to the report, renewable energy, such as wind and solar, accounted for a 17.4 pct share of gross final energy consumption in the EU last year -- up from 17.0 pct in 2016. This indicates that the EU remains on track to reach its target of a renewables share of 20 pct by 2020, although at a slower rate of growth. Preliminary EEA data for 2017 showed 20 member states were on track to reach their individual targets on renewable energy by 2020, a drop from 2016 when 25 countries were on track.
On energy efficiency, both primary and final energy consumption were above the trajectory needed to reach targets 2020. The continued growth in energy consumption, particularly in transport but also in other sectors, made achieving the 2020 target increasingly uncertain, the report said.
Download the full report HERE (Source: European Environment Agency, Reuters, 26 Nov., 2018)
Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu
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The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) welcomes Brady's proposal:
"The biodiesel industry has long advocated for a long-term tax extension to provide certainty and predictably for producers and feedstock providers. Too often, the credit has been allowed to lapse and then reinstated retroactively, which does not provide the certainty businesses need to plan, invest, and create jobs. We (MBB) appreciate the recognition that the biodiesel industry is integral to our domestic energy needs through this long-term extension. We look forward to working with our supporters on Capitol Hill to ensure that consumers, producers and marketers benefit from a long-term, forward-looking pro-growth tax policy," according to NBB VP for Federal Affairs, Kurt Kovarik. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, Ohio AG, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
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The UK aims to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct compared with 1990 levels by 2050.
(Source: DRAX, Investing.com, 26 Nov., 2018))Contact: DRAX Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
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The grants program assists nonprofit organizations in connecting with LADWP customers that may not be reached through traditional communication strategies, with a goal of helping reduce energy and water use.
Over the past seven years, the program provided more than $8 million in funding for more than 140 projects.
(Source: LADWP, MyNews LA, 26 Nov., 2018)Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com
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LEED Zero encourages a holistic approach for buildings and places that will contribute to a regenerative future. This is part of a vision to ensure the next phase of USGBC's efforts will be LEED Positive, where buildings generate more energy than they use, and remove more carbon than they produce. (Source: USGBC, The Construction Specifier, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: USGBC LEED Zero, new.usgbc.org/leed-zero
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